“Knowledge is NOT power, the ability to APPLY knowledge is power”

‘Knowledge is NOT power, the ability to APPLY knowledge is power’. This is the mantra of Dave Nemeth of Trend-Forward, who will be the opening key-note speaker at FASA’s annual Franchise Convention taking place at The Forum in Bryanston on Thursday 28th June.  His presentation on Consumer Trends for 2018, will dissect disruptive strategies and … Read more

FASA members lead the way in changing the lives of many South Africans

On the 3rd of April 2018, the Rounda “Add a Rand” initiative went live and South Africans were able to voluntarily donate R1 and contribute to making a significant difference to poverty alleviation in our nation. Nando’s were the first to go live, with Steers joining in with all their outlets nationwide on the 17th … Read more

Consumers Want Specialist Retail Channels

The Shoppers Insights Report, by IRI (www.iriworldwide.com), a big data and technology provider for consumer industries, shows that South African shoppers are diversifying their grocery purchases among a growing number of channels. The study shows the growing influence and importance of specialist retail channels, in particular – including pharmacies and make-up stores – which offer … Read more

Franchise Convention – A Must Attend Event

On Thursday 28th June, the franchise industry is coming together to learn from industry experts lecturing on the many challenges small business owners face in South Africa today. In its new format as a comprehensive convention offering  over 50 topics in breakaway sessions, FASA’s Convention has become a must-attend event for all those involved and … Read more

Franchise Expos are Dead! Or are They?

Over the past few years, the idea seems to have taken hold among franchisors the world over that franchise exhibitions are a relic of the past. Their argument was that with people becoming increasingly internet-savvy, a slick web presence is all that’s needed to attract quality prospects. It now appears that this was a classic … Read more

How Pick n Pay shelf space boosted this small, family-owned hygiene business

While children know how to wash their hands, they often don’t, and this is how the idea of Lunch-Box Buddy was developed. This 2ml waterless antibacterial hand sanitiser sachet can be placed in children’s lunch-boxes as an immediate visual reminder and ready access to a waterless and effortless solution. The product is the brainchild of … Read more

Why is There Such a Spectacular Failure Rate in the SMME Sector?

In an article written for Business Report, Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African lays bare the true facts about the success of the SMME sector in South Africa. “For a sector often lauded as being the engine for growth in our economy and for being a major creator of jobs, the entrepreneurial sector has … Read more

Col’Cacchio Insta-readies its dining experience

Italian-inspired restaurant franchise Col’Cacchio has added an engaging element to their dining experience that would hold special appeal for their social media-savvy customers. Restaurants nationwide are now sporting interactive ‘Instagram placemats’ with guidelines on how diners can take the perfect shot to share with their friends on social platforms. Following the massive growth in popularity … Read more

Buy and Sell Agreements essential in business

You are a successful co-owner of a business. Imagine the shock and emotional upheaval if your business partner dies unexpectedly. After you have come to grips with the feelings of sorrow and loss, reality sets in. How does your partner’s death affect the business?  FASA member Sanlam has this advice.   Your partner obviously did … Read more

International Accelerator Program for Social Franchises

The World Franchise Council of which FASA is an active member benefits from many international franchise programs.  The US International Franchise Association (IFA) has an exciting opportunity for socially oriented franchisors to participate in the Social Sector Franchise Accelerator project together with the University of New Hampshire (UNH).   Applications are welcomed from founders/CEOs of … Read more